Sony World Photography Awards FAQs

  • When is the deadline for submissions for the Sony World Photography Awards?

    The deadline for the National Award, Open and Youth Competitions:  5th January 2016 11.59:59pm (GMT)

    Professional Competition deadline:  12th January 2016 11.59:59pm (GMT)

    Student Focus Competition deadline: 6th December 2015 11.59:59pm (GMT)

  • How much does it cost to enter the Sony World Photography Awards competitions?

    The Sony World Photography Awards are FREE to enter.

  • Who can enter?

    Anyone can enter all of our competitions.

    If you wish to enter the Professional competition, you will not be able to enter the Open competition. If you wish to enter the Open competition, you will not be able to enter the Professional competition.

    If you wish to enter the Youth Award, you will not be able to enter either the Professional or Open competitions.

  • How many images can I upload?

    In the Professional competition you can enter a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 images per category. You may enter as many categories as you wish.

    In the Open and Youth competitions, you can enter up to 3 images in total for free. These images may be entered across any of the categories. You may enter more images by upgrading your membership - Advanced Members can enter up to 8 images and Premium members can enter up to 20 images. 

  • How do I submit my images?

    All images should be submitted online through the Competitions section of the WPO website.

  • What size / format file should I submit?

    Images should be no smaller than 800KB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be either JPEG or TIFF files.

    All images must be saved in the RGB colour model.

    All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials should the image be required.

  • Do my images need to be taken within a certain timeframe?

    Entries in any Sony World Photography Awards 2017 competition must have been taken in 2016 (1st January - 31st December 2016), with the only exception being that entries in the Professional Competition may have been taken prior to this, only if they have been first published in 2015. Please see the next FAQ for more information.

  • What about published work?

    In the Professional Competition only, images that have been commissioned or acquired to be published for the first time in 2015 can also be entered, but only after the published date. You must be able to prove that this is the first time the work has been published and you must also be able to prove that you have not entered the work previously into the Sony World Photography Awards. Please see point 2.1 of the competition rules for further details.

  • Can I submit manipulated images?

    Images can be manipulated, however the manipulation must be clearly outlined within the image description.

  • I have images in original negatives, how can I enter these?

    These will need to be scanned into a digital file and then uploaded online via the website. Please state in the image description that the images have been scanned from negatives.